It's always amusing to park that at a gathering and just listen to the responses. Lots of people really like it, and some just don't get it.
I haven't had a car since 1988; two wheels is how I get around. Although I did have to put it away for 3 months last year when I was in Cleveland, and I'm heading for New England now, so I'll probably have to get a car in a couple months. I don't mind the cold; I rode in Cleveland until early December and temps around 30ºF, but when the roads actually get icy/slushy, that's my limit. Well, the one ride I got in in January in Cleveland, during a brief window of dry roads, was at 19ºF, and I only got about 10 miles in before my fingers made their objections known. But that's technologically solvable.
Glad to confirm that was yours. No question I'd pick it out in the future from a field of ducs. Great story on the Indy GP. Good to hear the foot has healed, I figure you wouldn't be kept off two wheels for long. Your riding habits place you a man among men in any standing of motorcyclists. Keep riding safe, and keep posting, as I enjoy your viewpoints.
My foot is all healed up and I'm back on two wheels, although not the Monster yet as I'm still waiting on parts. A friend has lent me an old BMW flying brick to keep me on two wheels until mine is on the road again. I hope that happens soon, because I am planning to ride it out to DucStock at the Barber track in Alabama in October, and then from there to New Hampshire, when my new work project is about to start.
Yes, that was my bike. I plan to roll it over again by the end of the year. I might see if I can get a speedometer place to break into it so I can paint a "2" next to the odometer, and have them put it back together again.
Funny story: last year I was working in Cleveland, so I rode to the Indy GP instead of Laguna Seca. I camped in the grounds near the track. On the last day of the races, my kickstand broke; when I went back to camp, there was nothing around to lean the bike on except one of the garbage cans, so that's what I used. I was in my sleeping bag about 11 pm, and I heard two guys walking by. One said "looks like somebody threw away a Ducati." The other said "looks like it needed it".
So yep, it looks scruffy, but that's because I've been riding it every day, rain or shine, for 18 years, most of that time I haven't had a garage so it gets parked in the street, etc.
(sorry for the runon, but I got hit with a text limit)
It wasn't til I got back reading one of your posts when it occurred to me that you're listing 191k, and that the odometers roll at 100k. I'm thinking that this wasn't a coincidence. Was that your bike?
Also, I read your post on your motogp trip and subsequent spill. the confluence of circumstances to put you in that spot to take the wind blast is astounding. hope your recovery is going well.
Sorry for the direct post intrusion, but I've got a question specifically for you which I don't know is a public post. I'm east coast based and was out to the west coast in July for the MotoGP. My wife and I were wandering Cannery Row on Friday night taking in the sites. We ended up having dinner at the mexi joint on the water as it seemed the most likely candidate and ended up finding the DOC gathering and custom parking out front. So after dinner we did the stroll of the parking lot to admire the rides. At that point it was getting crowded. The tigger bike got plenty of attention, and then down past there was a beat up old red monster which looked like it had been through one war, or perhaps several. There was a gent standing next to me hucking it up at the condition of the bike, but I was checking odometers, curious to see who rides, and the beater had 90k+ on it. So I pointed that out to the guy and the laughter changed to an incredulous silence.